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Realise The Power Of Research

Contributor:
Mark Tregoweth
Mark Tregoweth

Whether you pick up a brochure, read a book or watch home and living television, immersing yourself in research will help you to understand what is available, what you can afford and how big your budget will need to be.

1.    Newspapers

From real estate listings to home and living features, newspapers are a cost effective way to examine the work of trades people, discover innovative building materials and gain inspiration from feature homes.

2.    Magazines

Home and living trends come to life in the pages of home and garden magazines. From pictorial showcases of award winning homes to renovation stories, canny readers are able to develop wish lists of the items they would like to include in their own homes.

To make the task of locating the items on a wish list many magazines offer advice on where items can be bought and suggestions of cost effective alternatives.

3.    Books

For most of us creating a dream home is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Take the time to consider all options. Visit a library and immerse yourself in books that offer ideas on design, architecture, landscaping, and interior design.
When an individual style appeals, take note of key information that will aid you in the next phase of your research.

4.    Open homes/ show homes

For an up close and personal experience take the time to visit open homes and show homes to get ideas for your home.

While books, newspapers and magazines offer a wealth of information, visiting a home yourself will provide the opportunity to see how a home looks in reality.

From creative colour schemes to environmental products and innovative appliances, a tour of a completed home may provide answers to questions, open the door to new ideas and introduce you to the work of local craftsmen and talented tradesmen.

5.    Online

The internet is a treasure trove of innovative solutions and inspirational ideas.

Take information that you have gathered from other forms of research and broaden your search, discover out of town suppliers, and cost effective alternatives to designer items.

Websites with helpful information, cost effective products and easy inspiration;
www.trademe.co.nz
www.consumerbuild.org.nz
www.ecoprojects.co.nz
www.betterliving.co.nz
www.nailed.co.nz
www.resene.co.nz
www.gobuild.co.nz

Whatever modes of research you adopt, take the time to create a journal to record ideas with and a file to gather brochures and any other information in.

Make informed decisions and discover the opportunities available as your research helps you to realise your dreams.

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